Does anyone have a great way of memorizing head to toe assessment

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I have a sign off next week where we have to be video taped doing a head to toe assessment of our partner. We then critique the video ourselves and our lab instructor also grades us on it. I seem to have trouble leaving out the little things (puffing out cheeks, squinting eyes, etc.) Does anyone have any easy memorizational skills???




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Good question - I would like to see the answer to this myself!

Farkinott, RN

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Specializes in Renal, Haemo and Peritoneal.

When you record the video have cheat sheets posted in your line of site but out of view of the camera. Then there shouldn't be a reason for forgetting anything!


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The only thing that worked for me was to do the head to toe over and over again. I know that you are probably doing that already, but it is honestly the only thing that worked for me. We also had a sheet to record everything on in the order it was done so I also made a bunch of copies of that and filled it in with the possible outcomes I could see. I did them over and over too, this really helped me.

Best of luck!


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Well the idea of posting cheat sheets is out of the question b/c Our lab instructor must video tape us in the lab!!!!!! I have been practicing like crazy, but I think I am getting myself too hyped up for it.


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Specializes in OBGYN, Neonatal.

Are you guys allowed to use study tips? We were allowed notes so some of us took a mini spiral bound index card notebook. Then I used pictures of heart and lung sound points. And just went head to toe with it. That way I could flip along if need be.

Another suggestion, practice the head to toe in your head and practice on family members, friends, etc.

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